Poem For My Mind

In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll share mine on Focus Pocus.

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 13
Friday, February 13, 2015

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SCENE: Susan sits on her cushion.

After a few breaths of stillness…

SUSAN’S MIND (with the excitement of an 8-year-old): Hey! I’ve got a great idea: let’s plan what we’re going to make for lunch and what we’re going to wear and…

SUSAN: Not right now. Right now, we’re breathing.

After a breath or two…

SUSAN’S MIND: I know, I know! We could make a list! We love making a list!

SUSAN: Right now, we’re breathing.

SUSAN’S MIND: Oh, come ON! We’re just going to sit here??

SUSAN: Do I have to read the poem?

SUSAN’S MIND: No, you don’t have to read the poem.

Another few breaths…

SUSAN’S MIND: How about if we just think about what to say before class? That would actually be productive and interesting and…

SUSAN: I have to read you the poem, don’t I?

SUSAN’S MIND: It’s just that breathing and sitting here is so boring!

SUSAN raises an eyebrow at her mind and gets out the poem. She clears her throat and reads.

Grassblade Experiencing by Paul Reps
This is the law.
No sames.
No same leaves pebbles persons places times faces grasses.
Whoever disobeys the law
Gets bored.

After a silence

SUSAN’S MIND: The law bugs me.

SUSAN: Yes, well, so you’ve said. We’re breathing now.


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